On 8th August 2011, a leak of the chemical chromium VI occurred at Orica’s ammonia plant on Kooragang Island. The chemical leak was mainly on site, however there was some off-site migration to the nearby town of Stockton.
After being notified of the incident and conducting its initial investigations, the OEH, the responsible authority under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW) (POEO Act), commenced a number of formal regulatory actions against Orica.
On 25 August 2011, Parliament established the Select Committee on the Kooragang Island Orica Chemical Leak to examine the response to the leak by both the Government and Orica. Its findings were published in a report on 23 February 2012.
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